Mexico: Beyond the Beaches

We’ve been travelling around Mexico now nearly a month and we haven’t visited a single beach. We haven’t even seen the ocean. We haven’t been to Cabo or Puerta Vallarta or Cancun, Cozumel or the Rivera Maya. If we haven’t been sipping margaritas on white sand beaches, or getting wild at Senor Frogs, you ask, what have we been doing? Mexico […]

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Forget the Pho; 10 Other Vietnamese Dishes to Try

It’s amazing to me that Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup, is the most internationally well-known Vietnamese dish, when there are so many other incredible Vietnamese dishes to try. Here are ten of my favorites: 1. Bahn Khot & Banh Xeo Vietnamese style savory, rice pancakes filled with seafood or pork, scallions, bean sprouts; wrap them in lettuce with herbs and pickled carrots/green papaya, dip […]

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The Joy and Glory of Mexican Food

I was preparing myself to be surprised by the food of Mexico. I had a feeling the Americanized– crunchy tacos with ground hamburger, shredded yellow cheese, iceburg lettuce, tomato, cheese sauce, sour cream, tortilla chips and jars of chunky red salsa, etc.–had little to do with the real food from a country with a cultural tradition hundreds of years rich. […]

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Holy Mole

At first glance mole has got to be one of the least asthetically appealing of Mexican foods. To an innocent bystander, Mole appears to be merely a chicken leg drowning in a pool of soupy brown liquid.  However after that first bite, mole turns into something magical. And with each glorious bite  thereafter it`s easy to see why Mexican abuelas […]

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